Solar co-op in St. Pete seeks installer

Solar co-op volunteer helps spread the word about the St. Pete Summer Co-op.

The 30-participant St. Pete Summer Solar Co-op has issued a request for proposals (RFP) from area solar installers. The group participants created the co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. The group will host an information meeting June 27 at 1:30 p.m. at Allendale United Methodist Church to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.

Local installers interested in serving the group can download the RFP and response template. Southern Pinellas and St. Petersburg area residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op web page.

Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Co-op participants will select a single company to complete all of the installations. They will then have the option to purchase panels individually based on the installer’s group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, participants can save up off the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow group particpants and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.

The League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area, Sierra Club Suncoast Group, the City of St. Petersburg, Chart 411, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, St. Petersburg Ecovillage, Floridians for Solar Choice, Pinellas County Urban League, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and Solar and Energy Loan Fund are the co-op sponsors.

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